ET Highway at Sunset

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Once the Lincoln County seat, Hiko was originally settled as a silver camp in 1866. Initially holding a great deal of promise, the camp produced a sparse return and the seat moved to the nearby booming city of Pioche. The community almost collapsed completely in 1871.

Just north of the Extraterrestrial Highway on Route 318, the modern day population of Hiko sits around 120. Today, the area’s economy is predominantly driven by farming and ranching, taking advantage of the plethora of water from the nearby Crystal Springs. Very little remains of its pioneer history, other than the cemetery, evidence of mill ruins and a red rock building that was formerly a general store. 

Although Hiko is presently populated, it pops up on a few ghost town lists. One interesting stop to add to your list is the Alien Research Center, where you can view an alien on display. While visiting you can also get a glimpse of photos and documents from around the world detailing extraterrestrial events!

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